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Shambhala training

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 shambhala training: Shambhala Training is the path of study & practice of Shambhala Warriorship, the tradition of bravery, not being afraid of who you are, and is open to any human being who seeks a genuine and fearless existence. The practice of meditation is the foundation for the realization and understanding of all the principles listed in this glossary. Shambhala Training presents a series of five weekend programs which introduce the sitting and walking practices of meditation, as well as the principles of the Shambhala Vision. (There is also a graduate program plus various assemblies and a seminary to continue study as a path). Level One has an introductory open talk open to newcomers. Many Shambhala Centers have weekly open houses scheduled to find out more information in person. Plus, the book mentioned above, "Shambhala, Sacred Path of the Warrior" is the text to read regarding these teachings.

"The practice of meditation is the foundation for the realization and understanding of all the principles discussed in this book. For those interested in pursuing the path of warriorship outlined here, Shambhala Training presents a series of weekend programs that introduce the sitting practice of meditation, as well as the principles of Shambhala vision the first night of the program is a free introductory lecture. During the weekend, personal instruction in meditation and individual meetings with a program director are provided, as well as lectures, discussion groups and extended periods of meditation practice."

Shambhala Training is divided into five levels of study:

Level I: The Art of Being Human

Experiencing the world as sacred and seeing basic goodness as your birthright.

Level II: Birth of the Warrior

Recognizing your habitual patterns and discovering fearlessness.

Level III: Warrior in the World

Developing confidence in all aspects of your daily life.

Level IV: Awakened Heart

Allowing your heart and intuition to open so that you communicate fully with the world.

Level V: Open Sky

Trusting who you are and genuinely caring for others.

Speech Communication, and Letting Go, : "When you live your life in accordance with basic goodness, then you develop natural elegance. Your life can be spacious and relaxed, without having to be sloppy. You can actually let go of your depression and embarrassment about a being human being, and you can cheer up."

Renunciation. "In order to let go you have to train yourself in the discipline of renunciation (and) discipline.

Challenge. One of the most important principles of letting go is living in the challenge. For the warrior, every moment is a challenge to be genuine, and each challenge is delightful. When you let go properly, you can relax and enjoy the challenge."

Cheerfulness. "When you look at yourself in the mirror you can appreciate what you see, without worrying about whether what you see is what should be. You can pick yourself up on the possibilities of basic goodness and cheer yourself up, if you relax with yourself."

Dignity. "Dignity comes from using your inherent human resources, by doing things with your own bare hands-on the spot, properly and beautifully. You can do that: even in the worst of situations, you can still make your life elegant. The basic point is that, when you live your life in accordance with basic goodness, then you develop natural elegance."

Letting Go. "...a further stage of letting telling the truth. From the Shambhala point of View, honesty is the best policy...(it) does not mean that you have to bare your inner most secrets and expose every thing that you are ashamed of. You have nothing to be ashamed of! That is the basis for telling the truth...what you are is genuinely, basically good.If you actually feel that, then you can let of hesitation and self-consciousness and tell the truth, without exaggeration or denigration....Avoiding the truth defeats the purpose of speech as communication." (pg 82) Letting relaxation based on being in tune with the environment, the world.

Truth. "Telling the truth is also about gentleness. A Shambhala person speaks gently: he or she doesn't bark. Gentle speech expresses your dignity, as does having good head and shoulders. (See "Bowing"If you want to communicate with others, you don't have to shout and bang on the table in order to get them to listen. If you are telling the truth, then you can speak gently, and your words will have power."
Non-Self-Deception "The final stage of letting go is being without deception...your self deception, your own hesitation and self-doubt, may confuse other people or actually deceive them...Being without deception is actually a further extension of telling the truth: it is based on being truthful with your self. When you have a sense of trusting in your own existence, then what you communicate to other people is genuine and trustworthy."